Barb Wire [Blu-ray]
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What was done?
Was it done well?
Was it worth doing?
Based on those criteria, this movie deserves a lot more respect than it gets.
What was done? The filmmakers set out to do an outlandish remake of Casablanca. But where Casablanca was intended as social commentary (not surprising since it came out in 1942) and although this movie does pay homage to that class of commentary, their main goal was to HAVE FUN!
Was it done well? If they had set out to make a brilliantly acted Oscar-worthy film, then you could say it wasn't done well. There are holes in the plot you could drive a truck through. And no one can argue that the dialog or the script or the acting is Oscar-level material. But this movie set out simply to have some fun and use Pamela Anderson to provide it. She is not and will never be a brilliant actress. But (as subsequent projects have proven) she is much more intelligent than most people give her credit for and she carries out the role of the "shoot-em-up" bounty hunter very well. The special effects are also well-done, and the fact that people can fire 3000 bullets at her and she doesn't get hit is reminiscent of the old B-movie westerns with the good guys in the white hats and the bad guys in the black hats. You want an example of how the movie KNOWS it is just fun? Check out the first real shooting scene (in the hotel room), at the end of which you see a shot of her hand. She says something like, "Oh, shit" because in the mayhem she broke a fingernail.Read more ›
The sheer cheek involved in doing this -- I would love to have been in the pitch meeting for "Barb Wire" -- really makes this a hoot to watch and redeems its awfulness. Each scene from "Casablanca" that's cheerfully trashed is a laugh riot to watch, once you relax and stop worrying about Humphrey Bogart spinning in his grave.
Easily the most fun I've ever had watching a "bad" movie and good (extremely) mindless fun.
The one thing I hate about these Amazon reviews is so little is mentioned about DVD quality. In particular when it comes to Blu-ray vs the standard or previous issue of a movie. Isn't that what its about? Getting the very best picture of a movie? In this buyers mind. It is.
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i heard about this movie from some fellow tumblrites, and decided to rent the film. the film played well, but stopped and started during scenes a few times, though i kept in mind... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Elaine R.
Not my kind of movie, but the person for whom it was purchased likes it.Published 1 month ago by NOLALMT
My husband bought this movie as a joke for his brother. The shipping for this was movie was extremely fast, and we were happy to find an old movie on blu ray for such an affordable... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JHardman
Duh, Its Pamela Anderson of course it is great. Oh also received it in expected time framePublished 4 months ago by suds
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